Written by: Vitina Molgaard
“If we really are piercing the veil, what is on the other side? Nothing. I told myself. There never is, there never was. Nothing.” —Simon from Piercing the Veil
A genuine story switch here, I have read quite a number of tales but this one most certainly traveled in an atypical direction. And I must say I am quite enthused with the unique qualities offered forth by Mason Ian Bundschub. Certainly other pieces have been published that deal with alternate realities, they are actually not rare at all; but this one deals with something that resembles an alternate reality, but breaks the mold by not actually being a definitive alternate reality, if that makes any sense at all.
Simon, a student with the desire to reach beyond the stars, is our main character. Brilliant and highly motivated, he’s not the most sympathetic person when it comes to dealing with others. His opportunity to achieve success comes through a professor that offers to open up the ideal dream job to anyone of his students that can prove a nearly impossible theory. Simon is just the one to accomplish that.
Lately though, students have begun to just disappear from the university and the fear is escalating amongst the student body. After a short time, Simon begins to believe that these missing persons and this new job are somehow connected. Unfortunately our over achiever is about to discover far more than he could have ever expected as he becomes aware of the true motive behind the bizarre theories he has been involved with.
This novella is a very interesting piece of speculative fiction; no Zombies or Vampires. But there are most definitely monsters within here, and meeting these monsters proves extremely enjoyable. You have some science mixed in with this and the concept of the veil that could be what holds time and space together, and it all really works on a pure entertainment level. This one arrives in a matter of days, and I suggest you pick it up. This is a refreshing story that delivers something that differs from the norm.